Did you ever wish there was a cure for worry? As our world seems to spiral further and further out of control, it’s difficult not to let the worry bug worm its way in. From Covid to the rising cost of living to severe weather outbreaks to military conflicts and threats of war, we seem to have every reason to fret.
One morning recently, I glanced at the digital clock on our stove and it read 6:33. For some reason, my thoughts turned to Matthew 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
In the days and weeks to follow, it seemed I consistently glanced at one of our clocks at exactly that time. Morning or evening, it didn’t matter, I would wake up at 6:33 am or walk into the kitchen or bedroom of an evening and the clock read that exact time.
I began to smile each time it happened and found the verse in Matthew running through my head as though the Lord was drawing my attention to it over and over.
What was He trying to tell me?
I have the same concerns many of you have with all that’s going on in our world. I also am newly dealing with the “empty nest” and other stresses. The more I thought about it, the more I realized God was trying to get a “No Worries” message across to me.
So, I thought it was time I take a closer look at the verse. I knew I needed to seek first God’s kingdom, but what was Jesus referring to when He said “these things” would be given as well? To find out, I referred to the previous verses where Jesus talks about how God cares for the birds and how beautifully he has clothed the flowers. But it was verse 31 that really hit me:
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
THE PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
Finally I understood that by continually bringing to mind Matthew 6:33 the Lord was telling me not to worry and stress over all that is going on, all the stresses and concerns of life. He will provide and care for me. For us! He may not give us all we want, but He will supply all we need. No matter what the future holds, we have the promise of His presence and His provision.
So, you see, there is a cure for worry. If you’re struggling with fears and concerns over our world today or over circumstances in your life personally, may you be encouraged in knowing God is still in control and will “never leave you or forsake you”.
~ What Scripture verse puts your heart at ease? I would love to have you share it.
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